Course Description:

This presentation addresses the functional and protective roles of saliva. This is followed by a discussion on the prevalence, etiologies and impact of xerostomia and the potential oral health consequences of this condition. Current and novel therapies available for the prevention and management of associated diseases and conditions will then be discussed, including the evidence base for their use.

The overall goal of this course is to provide information on xerostomia. After attending this presentation, participants will be able to:
  • List etiologies associated with xerostomia
  • Describe the signs and symptoms, and potential sequelae, of xerostomia
  • Review the prevention and management of associated oral diseases and conditions, including the use of home and in-office treatment options
  • List and describe options for the management of dry oral mucosa associated with reduced/absent saliva
collins_fionaFiona has presented on dental caries and prevention, xerostomia, infection control, biofilm, sensitivity, tobacco cessation, dental materials, tooth whitening, and patient compliance. During her presentations, Fiona provides practical, science-based and thought-provoking information, involving the audience with an interactive approach. Her speaking experience has taken her throughout North America, as well as to Europe, the Pacific Rim and the Middle East. She has also participated as a faculty member at OSAP Boot Camps. Her writing experience has included CE articles, white papers, abstracts and newsletters. She is also a trainer and consultant, an editor for Dental Learning, and editor of the Pierre Fauchard Academy’s Dental World.

Dr. Collins is a member of the American Dental Association, ADA Standards working groups, American Association of Dental Research, Chicago Dental Society, and OSAP. She is the ADA representative to AAMI, and a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. During her career, Fiona has lived and worked in five countries, and has held positions in clinical practice, education and industry. Dr. Collins graduated as a general dentist from the University of Glasgow in Scotland, and holds an MBA and an MA from Boston University in the United States.